Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers, Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty (Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area)

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Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I always brag I'm #1 in La Jolla to select audiences that would care, but on it's own it doesn't carry much currency; combined with my other resume' points, it's like adding spices to a well prepared meal.

Nov 07, 2015 11:31 PM
Rainmaker
3,649,285
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

I don't think the public has a clue about rankings.   It's the power of the information presented that brings business.  

Nov 08, 2015 12:52 AM
Rainmaker
715,888
Chuck Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes

In Arizona I did receive some AR business when I was number one in Gilbert. Then, when I was #2 in Mesa that seemed to help also. It has been a while though- I took quite a bit of time off blogging and have since moved to Utah where I'm number one in the county. In this state AR seems to have little pull and I don't think it has an impact. Plus- the grabbing power of the web search has changed. The web is simply too huge to dent. The real power of AR, in my opinion, is that it serves as a great place to build a brand, befriend fellow industry difference makers, and offer potential clients the ability to see if you are the type of person they feel could serve them well. On occasion a post of yours may show up in their search feed- which is a bonus. I don't know, however, if many people come here to see who "owns" the city, town, or county or state.

Nov 07, 2015 11:38 PM
Rainmaker
5,358,896
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

no it doesn't bring business...it's recognition within this platform, in my opinion.... 

Nov 07, 2015 11:26 PM
Ambassador
1,527,651
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I have been #one on all three areas for several years.  I doubt it has any influence on my business. 

Nov 07, 2015 11:10 PM
Rainmaker
2,741,662
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

It has virtually no impact on business.  I suppose it can help a tad as others may be more likely to find you on here and check out your profile if they have a referral for your City.   State doesn't matter as that is generally too broad.

Nov 07, 2015 11:15 PM
Rainer
85,885
Gail Gladstone
Gladstone Group & Long Island Business Brokerage - Huntington, NY
Brokering Success

The points system may bring business... or may not.  I personally do not look at points.  What brings me business is marketing my properties, putting my client first above all else and having a great reputation for hard work and fair play.

Nov 07, 2015 11:58 PM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I can't speak for anyone else but no I can't say that is in the top ten. I think the points are more about creating an incentive to participate. After all, people driven to success are competitive. It also should not dominate your life becasue if you depend on Active Rain and points, you probably won't be successful in your marketing, it should be a part of your overall strategy.

Nov 07, 2015 11:35 PM
Rainmaker
2,551,453
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

It can be relevant if marketed to do so. If the AR folks tweak this, it can be very relevant to all bloggers.

Nov 07, 2015 11:19 PM
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3,695,516
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

I think what matters is that when people who may be thinking about working with you check you out on Google, they are pointed to interesting places and well-written posts. 

Some buyers who were working with a colleague and considering one of my listings found a post I wrote on the building and one particular quirk (they didn't allow in-unit washer/dryers).  After reading the post, they bought the place. 

This is more important than their learning that you are an ActiveRain points junkie (um, moi!)

Nov 07, 2015 11:10 PM
Rainmaker
5,823,257
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

You may be better positioned for some searches but I do not think that prospects pay much attention to the ActiveRain points system.

The points may be better for your ego than for your business. 

Nov 08, 2015 02:54 AM
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Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

I am not really interested in being #1 in my state, county or city. 

Nov 08, 2015 01:37 AM
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

I don't know if it does or not. But I do suspect that I get referrals that way. I look at the area when I give a referral and if someone at the top is a blogger I know, I'll call them first. 

Nov 08, 2015 01:36 AM
Rainmaker
1,406,927
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers Most people I ask have never hear of ActiveRain. So I don't think it has much of an impact.

Nov 08, 2015 12:25 AM
Rainmaker
846,120
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I am #1 in my city and for me it's just an Alpha dog thing. I have not gotten any business from it but our market is very different from most areas of the country.

Nov 07, 2015 11:59 PM
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1,084,704
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

The #1 in my city (Cupertino, CA) was my managing director. He teaches to all agents in the area with supposedly several 1000 agents.  He understood the 500K bunch mark. With all agents sign up once or trice he got to that point in snappy time.  I am no #2 in the City. The phone has not ran once yet. 

I got 1 fatal spam and a nice AR rainmaker came chat with me from out of town.

Nov 07, 2015 11:30 PM
Rainer
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Mike Rock
Complete Design - Granite Bay, CA
Granite Bay Luxury New Construction...For Less

i think it is important, when i have done a search in the past, it seems to matter.

Nov 07, 2015 11:26 PM
Rainmaker
4,341,575
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have been #1 in my city and state for quite a while, and do believe it does bring me more referrals.

Nov 07, 2015 11:05 PM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

It does put you on the top of the page in your area if you are #1 or 2.

Nov 08, 2015 04:00 PM
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1,301,232
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

It is important for me because that is in my nature.  I see a points ladder and I want to climb it.  It is addicting to see those numbers go up.  I should be in the top 1,000 of my state by the end of the year (9,000 points away!) along with being #2 in my city and #23 in my county.

 

I heard a rumor many moons ago that the higher you rank, the more Google love you get.  Likely because you have more posts linking to your site.

 

Do I think "Top blogger on Active Rain" will win me any business?  Not if I say it that way!  Phrased right so that people who don't know or care what AR is get impressed with the accomplishment, that might be icing on the cake.  I see this the same way as advertising that you are a "Zillow Premier Agent."  I have a realtor in my area that sends out fancy postcards that list that as one of his qualifications.  I don't see an average client caring or understanding what that means.  Explained in "how does this help my house sell" terms, it can work.  It's all about how you say what you have to say.

Nov 08, 2015 02:05 PM
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Sandra Graves
Keller Williams Realty - Folsom, CA
Realtor

I would like to be #1 in my city and that's my goal. Goals keep me motivated. If I want to be #1 in my city, then that is the drive that I need to get blogging. If I didn't have that goal, I'm not sure I would blog as much. So, it's keeps me motivated, makes sure my $199 isn't wasted, and hopefully helps me with SEO. If it helps with business, even better.

Nov 08, 2015 01:12 PM
Rainmaker
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Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
Good Company Real Estate www.ChandlerRealEstate.weebly.com - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Tony and Suzanne - Great question. I could see how it could help, because the more blogs you write, the more points you get. The more points you get, the closer to being #1 in your state you become. I think it is more about the content than the actual ranking.

Also, there are a lot of AR people very high up in points who do not blog at all anymore. As far as I know, they may not even be in the real estate industry anymore. So, for them to be #1 in their state really wouldn't mean anything.

Nov 08, 2015 01:08 PM
Rainmaker
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Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I'm #52 in my state and #11 in my county, first in my city. No, no one ever called me telling I want to hire you because of your points:) 

But they do call because they find my blog post. I seriously doubt they care about my rank. Do you seriously believe anyone( public) ever checks leader-boards. 

Nov 08, 2015 12:52 PM
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Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

I don't know,  My wife is #1,  but she does get business because of it.

Nov 08, 2015 12:17 PM
Rainmaker
634,116
Kathleen Luiten
Resort and Second-Home Specialist - Princeville, HI
Kauai Luxury Ocean Home Sales

Not important here in Hawaii.

Nov 08, 2015 11:54 AM
Rainmaker
4,866,874
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Tony and Suzanne,

It does not matter to the public at large...from our perspective it is fun. A

Nov 08, 2015 11:44 AM
Ambassador
2,954,754
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I know it's where I go look for a referral source, of course if they haven't been active in years I look further down the list.

Nov 08, 2015 11:30 AM
Ambassador
2,209,455
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

It's not really all that important to me to be number one, but I am. And that's really neat, too. That's only because no one else is active in my area. I've tried to get other people to join, but they don't see the value in that, so I'm keeping AR all to myself. 

Does our ranking have value with the consumer...I have no idea about this. I haven't gotten a buyer or a listing because I'm number one in my area. Although I have gotten buyers and listings because I'm an AR member. 

Nov 08, 2015 11:24 AM
Ambassador
3,985,140
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

I liked when I became number one in my county and city but can't say it brought anymore business from the public. I have received referrals through AR because of it.

Nov 08, 2015 11:12 AM
Rainmaker
2,418,090
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

YES! I have had Sellers call me to list their home because I am the number one real estte agent in the State of Indiana. In fact, I am the number one ActiveRain blogging agent in the State of Indiana!

Nov 08, 2015 09:19 AM
Rainmaker
3,985,569
William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Yes it has brought me business...and it keeps me blogging to stay on the front page

Nov 08, 2015 09:13 AM
Rainmaker
212,605
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

I think the blogs you write and information you share will get you more business then your position on the leaderboards. The SEO is how people will find you not by looking at the leaderboards.

Nov 08, 2015 07:08 AM
Rainmaker
863,956
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Very important to me. I love to be recognized as #1 in my city where I am supposed to be the expert.

Nov 08, 2015 06:59 AM
Ambassador
1,770,455
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Michael Jacobs hit the nail on the head. Quality over quantity. The people do not even know what Active Rain is.

Nov 08, 2015 06:39 AM
Rainmaker
558,814
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Tony and Suzanne,
I think if you rank well it is one more thing to show listing prospects. I have gotten business from my  blog and a nice referral from a fellow AR member so I think it is worth it.

Nov 08, 2015 05:50 AM
Ambassador
4,306,594
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers that 'craze' was there for sure - in the beginning. And once I have been there (#18 overall, #2 in MA and #1 in my county/city), I still like to maintain that position.

And yes, this helps me. I share my 'online presence' with prospects and how this helps me help them to achieve their goals.

Nov 08, 2015 04:37 AM
Rainmaker
4,798,687
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I get business from Active Rain, though I'm not sure if it has anything to do with my points or ranking.

Nov 08, 2015 04:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,312,619
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Being #1 in the county has brought me two clients from the rain.

I'll never have to worry about the state.

Nov 08, 2015 04:14 AM
Rainmaker
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Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I do not think they search for us by our ranking.

Nov 08, 2015 03:30 AM
Rainmaker
1,279,428
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

I'm competitive, so I personally care about my standing. However, the public really doesn't care, they are more interested in you and what you have to say.

Aug 29, 2016 01:45 AM
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3,369,813
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I am number one in Beverly Hills, what brings me business is my Blog Posts and my relationship with Active Rain members who give me referrals not where I rank on the Leader Board that is more an internal competition,E

Nov 12, 2015 03:35 PM
Rainmaker
1,730,003
Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

It's very important to me ....I often tell people that ActiveRain is the best thing I do for business!

Great question!

Nov 09, 2015 07:05 AM